Weekly Roundup

Expanding your professional development opportunities

Finding adequate time and resources for ongoing professional development is a challenge in any profession, but particularly for teachers. In this tutorial, we invite you to consider different ideas and training opportunities, including where teachers can benefit from online peer-exchange.

Full tutorial can be accessed here.


 

15 Strategies You Can Follow Today to Successfully Deploy Your Learning Analytics Tool

Deploying a learning analytics tool in your organization brings many benefits, including improving your students’ engagement and their success rates.

However, as you may know, there are a number of technological and human challenges that you must overcome to be successful in your endeavor.

Here you will find 15 strategies that you can follow today to effectively accomplish your learning analytics implementation. From each strategy, you will discover what early adopters have learned and how you can benefit from their experience.


 

Supporting and including LGBTI migrants

The Erasmus+ Epsilon project is addressing the issues of discrimination and abuse of LGBT migrants and refugees.

A consortium of partners of five countries (UK, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and The Netherlands) is working on collaborative approaches to address issues of discrimination and abuse within vulnerable groups across Europe. “Epsilon is a response to the rise in migrant and refugee numbers and the persistent inequality and persecution of Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans-gender groups (LGBT),” says Jolanda Elferink of the Dutch project partner Movisie. “The project aims to help address this issue by increasing the knowledge, skills, and awareness of all those adult professionals who come in contact with them.”

More information about the project is accessible here.


 

She Empowers – a competence framework for professionals working with unemployed women

The Erasmus+ project “She Empowers” was a 3-year action research approach, carried out by professionals across 6 countries, to explore unemployed women’s access (or return) to economic activity.

Conclusions of this Competence Framework are based on more than 2 years of observation, needs analysis and piloting. Our thinking has been influenced by various skype peer learning moments amongst professionals as well as by workshops carried out at 2 prior learning activities during which practitioners involved in the piloting – from Belgium, Iceland, Italy and Sweden – shared issues that have arisen in their countries together with the project’s Action Research Coordinator in Belgium (May 2015) and in France (October 2016).

The conclusions of the framework are accessible here.


 

NetWBL: Work-based learning in European projects

The National Agency Erasmus+ Education Austria was actively involved in implementing project proposals in the European network “Work-Based Learning and Apprenticeships (NetWBL)” (link is external) between 2013 and 2016.

The thematic network’s core product was the Work-Based Learning TOOLKIT. This web platform provides extensive materials and transferable results from EU-financed projects (LLP and Erasmus+) on this topic. It offers a new method of online networking for members of the public interested in work-based learning. Of over 350 LLP projects, 90 were classified as relevant to WBL and 70 best practice results were identified, evaluated and described by experts. The Austrian contribution to this is extremely substantial as the level of expertise in the area of work-based learning is currently very good in the dual training system.

Get more acquainted with this toolkit by clicking here.


 

EPALE summary: August focus on workplace learning

While most of Europe devoted August to holidays, EPALE discussed how the work place is an important learning environment. Maybe not for starting a course on Medieval philosophy, or for learning how to order a coffee in a foreign country but still workplace learning is associated with a broad range of learning opportunities, not solely confined to work-related technical skills. On the EPALE platform, the content was focused on a number of key themes.

The full summary can be found by clicking the link here.


 

Vocational Education Exchange Magazine

Vocational Education Exchange is British Council’s online magazine for teachers and leaders in vocational education and skills.
The magazine provides a dedicated platform for practitioners and skills leaders to share experience and good practices through top tips, classroom materials, news, videos, and articles. It helps to build capacity amongst vocational education and training professionals, allowing them to increase their international engagement and raise their profile.
The magazine is being developed by the UK and eight countries in Western Balkans, Central Asia and South Caucuses with plans to roll it out more widely, giving it a global reach.

The magazine is available online.

 

Prepared by Emilija Ardzevičiūtė